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Former Astoria school will become new Pre-k center

By Gabriel Rom

The city Department of Education will be opening a new pre-K program at the former Most Precious Blood building on 32-52 37th St. The school was shuttered by the DOE in June due to declining enrollment and what the school claimed was over $5.5 million in needed repairs.

According to DOE spokesman Jason Fink, the pre-K center will hold 15 sections for a total of 270 seats and enrollment is currently open for the 2015-16 school year and offers can be accepted at family welcome centers.

The parochial school, which had operated for decades, was shuttered in June amid controversy that the decision had been reached without sufficient input from the community.

“I am deeply saddened about the decision that Most Precious Blood School has made to close at the end of this school year without any community input,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) in a letter from January.

“The condition of the building when students arrive will meet our high quality standards,” Fink said.

The Archdiocese could not be reached for contact.

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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